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Additional Customized Employment Materials

Federal Financing of Supported Employment and Customized Employment for People with Mental Illnesses

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation in conjunction with the Federal Employment Workgroup on Disability commissioned a review of the Federal financing mechanisms used by state agencies to implement the evidence-based employment models known as Individual Placement and Support (IPS) and Customized Employment (CE). This review comes with the recognition that the Federal financing of employment services for people with serious mental illness is a shared responsibility across multiple Federal agencies, including the U.S. Social Security Administration, the HHS Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Education’s Rehabilitation Services Administration, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and the U.S. Department of Labor. It is believed that improvements in this shared responsibility can lead to more effective support for these evidence-based employment models at the state and local levels. The purpose of this report is to identify strategies for improved access to Federal financing of IPS and CE services through case studies of current state and local practices.